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Vancouver Protesters Defy Social Distancing, Claim COVID-19 is “Fake News”

Spotted among the group are some old people and a child.

  • Protesters in Vancouver, Canada gathered outside the city hall, defying orders to observe physical distancing.
  • The group carried signs that claim COVID-19 is “fake news”.
  • Authorities called the protesters as “self promoters” and downplayed their message.

Amid reminders from authorities to stay home and observe social distancing in public, a group of protesters gathered in Vancouver and dismissed coronavirus as “fake news”. In the photos and videos that have since gone viral on social media, we see around 15 individuals outside the City Hall holding up signs in an attempt to send their message.

Naturally, the protesters have been repeatedly bashed by concerned netizens for the irresponsible stunt. Many slammed them for defying official orders implemented in the hopes of preventing further spread of COVID-19 in the country.

However, the group seems to have also drawn some sort of support along the way.

Case in point, self-declared investigative journalist Dan Dicks posted about it on Twitter and hashtagged it with #EndTheLockdown. On another tweet, he described the protest as a “massive march against tyranny”.

Meanwhile, Adrian Dix, health minister of British Columbia, shrugged off the protesters’ claims and told the media there is much more important work to be done than to give them any attention.

Dix said:

“People are essentially trying to promote themselves [and] what are marginal views. Focus on what we need to do together and don’t allow people who are attempting to promote themselves, by using the suffering of others, to distract us.”

Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, has recommended strict observance of physical distancing in public places.

Individuals in Vancouver who intentionally violate the orders can be fined up to C$1,000 (US$750) while establishments that fail to implement it can be penalized for as much as C$50,000 (US$37,500). These fines, however, only apply for bars and restaurants, not on city streets.

As of April 13, British Columbia has reported 1,490 confirmed coronavirus cases with 69 fatalities.


Walking, Running, And Biking May Put You At Risk Of COVID-19

“When someone during a run breathes, sneezes or coughs, those particles stay behind in the air” and can be inhaled by another person, the study said.

  • People engaging in activities like walking, biking, and jogging, during the pandemic may likely contract the dreaded virus, especially if they do not observe social distancing.
  • According to a study, a 4 to 5 meter distance from others should be observed when walking. Meanwhile, slow runners and bikers should maintain a distance of about 10 meters while at least 20 meters is recommended for fast biking.

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Blacks And Latinos Twice As Likely To Die From COVID-19 Than Whites in N.Y.C.

“There are clear inequalities, clear disparities in how this disease is affecting the people of our city,” said the mayor.

  • A recent report said that coronavirus is twice as deadly for black and Latino people compared with whites in New York City.
  • The great gap of death tolls among races, the report said, is due to continuing "economic inequalities" and dissimilarity in access to health care.
  • Another factor is that Latino and African American have no choice but to show up for work, subjecting themselves further to the risks of getting infected by COVID-19.

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China Now Imposing Restrictions on Research About The Origins of Coronavirus

Researches about the coronavirus will be under strict scrutiny, plus they may have to be approved by central government officials.

  • China has implemented restrictions regarding academic research on the origins of the coronavirus, according to CNN.
  • Two prominent universities in the country have posted about the new policy online, although both eventually took the announcements down.

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